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PAST TALKS

Some speakers have kindly left their pictures and speaking notes for inclusion on the BLHS website.

Past Talks: Text
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BUCKDEN TOWERS GATEHOUSE RENOVATION

Keith Lawrence

On 7 September 2022, Keith Lawrence talked about the renovation work undertaken on the Towers Outer Gatehouse, which was finished in 2021.
Please select the link below to see Keith's pictures and the words of the conservation architect, Robert Davies.

Past Talks: Welcome
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TRAVELS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER

Rita Bates reads from her mother's memoirs when she emigrated as a young child to Tasmania in 1913

Past Talks: About

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN - MYTHS AND REALITIES
MARK BUNTING

September 4 2019

To celebrate Battle of Britain month, Mark Bunting gave us an absorbing talk on the Myths and Realities of the Battle of Britain

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ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS
JOHN SHERE

October 2 2019

In October 2019 John Shere gave a fascinating talk on the history of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC).  The ROC Orlit B observation post is located on the edge of framland on the outskirts of Buckden.   A short description of the Post is on page 64 of the book, Buckden A Huntingdonshire Village.


At the start of 2021 it was awarded listed building status.  The ROC Orlit B Visual Observation Post is now registered with Historical England and a link to their site can be found below.

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100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE R34 AIRSHIP'S TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT
TERRY HAYWARD

December 4 2019

Terry's absorbing talk described the first double crossing of the Atlantic on 2 July 1919.  Please press below to read his notes
Permission has been requested from the History Press to use the image of the R34, above.
https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/articles/the-r34-airship/

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D-DAY DECEPTION - OPERATION OVERLORD'S BODYGUARD OF LIES
MARK BUNTING

May 1 2018

In May 2018 our scheduled speaker let us down. At very short notice Mark put together the amazing story behind Operation FORTITUDE South and how it helped the main D_Day invasion shape history

Image opensource from https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2012/10/26/02/44/war-63137__340.jpg

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Past Talks: Past Events
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